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William J. Mitchell

William J. Mitchell is a lecturer in Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was the senior member of the School of Architecture and Planning and where he led the research group Media Lab's Smart Cities.

Within the polarization between technophiles and technophobes that characterizes the debate on the Cybercity in the Anglo-Saxon world, Mitchell is among the former group who are convinced that this type of city will come to be an equalitarian and liberating space where many of the traditional problems of the industrial city will be overcome. Although he does not share the ultra-conservative ideology that tends to fuel the most fervent North American technophiles, it is he who has best transferred cyberspatial hope to the contemporary city.


  • MITCHELL, William J. City of bits. Space, place and the infobahn. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1995.
  • MITCHELL, William J. E-topia: Urban life, Jim–but not as we know it. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1999.


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